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As a killer fungus looms, scientists call for a ban on salamander imports

If it makes its way to our shores, a newly discovered fungus from Asia could wipe out large numbers of salamander species and spark a major North American biodiversity crisis, scientists are warning.

Writing Thursday in the journal Science, scientists from San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley and UCLA pinpointed regions of the U.S. where native salamanders, a key part of forest ecosystems,...

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Bay grasses continue rebound, though lack of diversity a concern

Underwater grasses continue to rebound across the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland and Virginia scientists reported Thursday, with aerial surveys showing a 27 percent expansion last year.

The two-state survey tallied nearly 76,000 acres of grasses growing in creeks, coves and other shallow waters, including some areas where aquatic vegetation hasn't been documented in years, if ever.

"For the first time in...

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City to hire five new Environmental Control Board officials

The city will hire five new members for the Environmental Control Board as part of ongoing efforts to improve its operations, officials said Wednesday.

The new board members, who are expected to start later this month, will earn $90 an hour, said Howard Libit, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The replacements are among a series of changes being made to the board, Libit said.

The board...

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New Hogan smog plan fails to satisfy power plants, environmentalists

Maryland regulators unveiled a plan Tuesday for reducing smog-forming pollution from coal-burning power plants, but it drew criticism from both the industry and environmentalists.

George S. "Tad" Aburn Jr., air-quality chief for the Maryland Department of the Environment, told power plant representatives and environmentalists at the agency's headquarters that the Hogan administration is trying to strike...

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Solar power project to be built at Ravens' training facility

An array of 1,210 photovoltaic panels will help power the Baltimore Ravens' headquarters and training facility in Owings Mills, energy company Constellation announced Tuesday.

The Ravens will purchase the energy generated from the 375-kilowatt solar power project, expected to provide about 15 percent of the training facility's energy needs. The solar panels will be mounted on the roofs of the facility's...

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Endangered sea turtles released at Ocean City

Three Kemp's ridley sea turtles hit the surf at Ocean City Monday morning, returned to the wild by the National Aquarium after a prolonged rehabilitation.

The three were rescued in Cape Cod in November 2014, where they were found stranded and suffering from "cold stun,'' a sea turtle equivalent of hypothermia. Two have been treated since then by the National Aquarium, and the third was initially treated...

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